Chesebro is the third defendant in the Georgia case to plead guilty and the second member of Trump’s legal team to do so, one day after attorney Sidney Powell’s guilty plea.
The lawyer pleaded guilty at a hearing held today at the Fulton County Court, responsible for this case that has 19 defendants, including the former president, and agreed to testify in any trial in this regard.
During the hearing, he acknowledged having committed the crimes of which he is accused, including having “conspired” with Trump and other allies to try to reverse the result of the presidential elections in Georgia and obtain victory in that state for the Republican.
The guilty plea comes after an agreement between prosecutors and Chesebro’s defense, who agreed to be sentenced to five years’ probation, pay a fine of five thousand dollars (4,700 euros) and perform 100 hours of social service.
The lawyer also assured that he has already fulfilled another of the agreement’s requirements: writing a letter to the citizens of Georgia asking for forgiveness for his actions.
Chesebro’s testimony — which the agreement now prohibits him from communicating with the remaining defendants — could be fundamental in the prosecution of Trump in this case, one of four criminal charges faced by the former president, who despite all the legal problems continues to campaign electoral campaign to try to return to the White House in 2024.
Trump remains the favorite candidate in the Republican primaries to win the party’s candidacy for the White House.
Attorney Sidney Powell — who became the second defendant in this case to reach a deal with prosecutors — was accused, along with Trump and 17 others, of violating the state’s anti-racketeering law, having filed an appeal the day before the start of your trial.
Powell pleaded guilty to six misdemeanors for conspiracy to willfully interfere with the performance of election duties.
As part of the agreement, the 68-year-old lawyer will serve six years of probation, will be fined around six thousand euros and will have to write a letter of apology to the state of Georgia and its inhabitants, having also agreed to testify against other defendants, in future trials.
Accepting a plea deal was a turnaround for a lawyer who, perhaps more than anyone else, vigorously promoted unfounded conspiracy theories about the 2020 election outcome.
If prosecutors force her to testify, Powell could provide information about a press conference she attended on behalf of Trump shortly after the election and about a White House meeting she attended in mid-December of that year, during the election. which strategies and theories to influence the outcome of the election were discussed.
A month ago, defendant Scott Graham Hall also pleaded guilty to five misdemeanor charges and was sentenced to five years probation.
Prosecutors allege that Powell conspired with Hall to gain access to voting equipment without authorization and hired a computer company to send a team to Coffee County in south Georgia to copy software and data from voting machines.
Trial dates for the remaining 16 defendants have not been set, including that of former New York House Speaker Rudy Giuliani, who was Trump’s lawyer, and Mark Meadows, who was Trump’s White House chief of staff.
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